Apr 26, 2017
Press Release

April 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Dina Titus released the following statement in opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order that calls for a review of all national monuments designated since 1996. The effort could put in the crosshairs Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments while also jeopardizing the Antiquities Act, a law that allows presidents to protect valuable historic, archaeologic, and natural treasurers on public lands.

“This executive order is a blatant attempt by President Trump and Republicans to roll back the work of past administrations to protect public lands. It undermines the efforts of Nevadans who fought for years to protect Gold Butte and other unique natural, cultural, and historical resources like those found at Basin and Range National Monument. This short-sighted effort is a gift to special interest groups and fails to recognize the benefits national monuments provide to our economy and environment.”     


In December 2016, after years of community input and congressional efforts led by Rep. Titus and Sen. Harry Reid, President Barack Obama designated Gold Butte National Monument to protect the region’s ancient petroglyphs, colorful geology, iconic wildlife, and unique flora.

In July 2015, President Obama designated Basin and Range National Monument after congressional Republicans failed to address the need for protections in H.R. 857, the Garden Valley Withdrawal Act, legislation sponsored by Rep. Titus to provide protections to the region and grant the land national monument status.